Friday, 8 January 2016

No Colour Bar

I hadn't been to the Guildhall Art Gallery in the heart of the City of London for years, so made the effort to catch this survey of Black British Art at the Guildhall whilst London was quiet over the Christmas break. There were some thought provoking pieces of art on display and it was interesting to note how little had changed in regard to some of the issues the artists were exploring in their work, and the circumstances that still prevail. At the heart of the exhibition is a recreation of the Walter Rodney bookshop which opened in west London in 1975 and did so much to raise black consciousness.

Errol Lloyd - The Lesson

Tam Joseph - School Report

Paul Dash - Self-portrait

The composition of the piece by Errol Lloyd (top) reminded me of a Gauguin painting. Tam Joseph's piece (middle) is so relevant right now. I loved the sensitivity, colour and light of this little Paul Dash portrait above, which was my favourite piece in the show.

No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990
until 24th January
Guildhall Art Gallery